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Obituaries in the News

October 30, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jerome C. Byrne, an attorney whose report on 1960s student unrest at UC Berkeley found no evidence of outside Communist influence, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 76.

An attorney specializing in labor-management relations, Byrne worked more than 40 years for the Los Angeles firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.

After student protests erupted at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, the UC Board of Regents hired Byrne as special counsel. After speaking with students, faculty and administrators around the state, he issued an 85-page report recommending greater autonomy for UC campuses.

The report blamed the unrest equally on the regents, UC’s president, faculty and students. It found no evidence that outsiders such as the Communist Party had fostered the unrest, as many had claimed.

Byrne’s report also endorsed ``the freedom of thought necessary to a first-class university.″

Grigory Chukhrai

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russian filmmaker Grigory Chukhrai, best known for his films on War World II, which he experienced firsthand, died Sunday, the Union of Cinematographers said Monday. He was 80 and had previously suffered several heart attacks.

The Ukrainian-born Chukhrai studied at the Moscow Cinema Institute under the Soviet film master Mikhail Romm. During World War II, Chukhrai served as a paratrooper, took part in the battle of Stalingrad and was wounded four times.

Fame came to Chukhrai after his 1959 film ``Ballad of a Soldier,″ which played all over the world and is considered one of the best-ever Soviet war films.

Chukhrai directed such films as ``The Forty-First″ (1956), ``Clear Sky″ (1959), ``Life is Beautiful″ (1980), and ``I’ll Teach You to Dream″ (1984). He also wrote a book of war memoirs.

Chukhrai was awarded the highest Soviet artistic title of Popular Artist of USSR.

Eleanor Cousins

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Eleanor Cousins, the widow of journalist-author Norman Cousins, died Oct. 22. She was 87.

Norman Cousins wrote ``The Healing Heart,″ about his use of exercise and diet instead of surgery to recover from a 1980 heart attack. Eleanor Cousins wrote ``Caring for the Healing Heart,″ a book of recipes and dietary advice.

Her book was controversial because it recommended foods with high cholesterol content such as eggs and butter.

Born Eleanor Kopf, she grew up on a chicken farm in Price, Utah. She met her future husband after moving to the New York area to work for the Newspaper Guild. They married in 1939.

She and her husband were married for 51 years, until his 1990 death, and shared causes that included world peace and holistic healing.

Joan Ellenbogen

NEW YORK (AP) _ Joan Ellenbogen, a founder and first president of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, died Tuesday. She was 59.

Ellenbogen was prominent in the fields of matrimonial and family law.

She was a member of the New York County Bar Association, before the state association was formed in 1980. She became the state association’s first president, serving from 1980 till 1982.

The state association now has 15 chapters and more than 3,000 members.

Alvan Feinstein

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Dr. Alvan Feinstein, an epidemiologist who made strides in the field of disease diagnosis and prognosis, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 75.

Feinstein was the Sterling professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine. He developed ``clinimetrics,″ a system that provides ratings scales for measuring pain, distress and disability.

Feinstein received his bachelor’s and medical degrees at the University of Chicago. He performed his residency at Rockefeller Institute and then became medical director of Irvington House, an affiliate of New York University, in 1955. In 1974 he left Irvington House to head the clinical epidemiologic fellowship at Yale.

Feinstein published more than 400 clinical studies and six books. Two of his books, ``Clinical Judgment″ and ``Clinical Epidemiology,″ are among the most widely referenced books in clinical epidemiology.

Siani Lee

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Siani Lee, an anchor at KYW-TV Channel 3, was killed in a car crash Sunday. She was 39.

Lee joined KYW as an anchor and reporter in 1999. She came to Philadelphia to work for WCAU-TV in 1993 after two years as an anchor in Washington, D.C.

Lee worked her way through college by singing in a Top 40 band, and began her broadcast career in 1987 in Norfolk, Va. She worked in Savannah, Ga., and Baltimore before Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

While in Washington, Lee, a native of Korea, received an award for her report on relations between the Korean and African-American communities. Lee also won a Philadelphia-area Emmy Award in 1997 for live special news coverage for anchoring the 1996 Olympic Torch run.

Lee was also president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Vasily Mishin

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russian space designer Vasily Mishin, who spearheaded the botched Soviet effort to reach the moon before the United States, has died in Moscow at the age of 84.

Mishin’s death on Oct. 10 was reported by Russian media, which hailed him as a founder of the once-glorious Soviet space program.

Mishin worked alongside Sergei Korolyov, a legendary space designer whose team put the world’s first satellite in orbit in 1957 and sent the first human into space in 1961. After Korolyov’s death in 1966, Mishin took over the Soviet space program and led the massive effort to outpace the Americans in the moon race.

American Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in 1969, while the Soviet program collapsed amid a series of cosmonaut deaths and rocket explosions, leading to Mishin’s ouster in 1974. He said in a recent interview that the firing ruined his life and made him consider suicide.

Mishin was transferred to an obscure teaching job, leading Western observers to believe he was dead. He again became visible during former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s campaign for greater political openness in the late 1980s, when he started giving interviews about the Soviet space program.

Mishin said his moon project was doomed because it lacked the necessary funds, and added that the Soviet Union shouldn’t have entered the moon race.

Charles Pilling

SEATTLE (AP) _Charles Pilling, a world-famous breeder of wild waterfowl for nearly half a century, died Thursday. He was 70.

Pilling was the first person to breed hooded mergansers, buffleheads and harlequin ducks in captivity.

At age 12, after being given three crippled mallards, Pilling dug a pond at the family dairy farm.

In the succeeding years and decades he expanded and deepened the pond, surrounded it with chain-link fencing and added new species.

In 1955 he mated a pair of hooded mergansers, diving ducks, which he had nursed back to health. Fearing the mother would spend more time chasing away other ducks than tending the nest, he drafted a banty hen to sit on the eggs and hand-fed the ducklings. The feat won Pilling a Breeding Award from the International Wild Waterfowl Association.

He received the award again after becoming the first to breed buffleheads in 1964 and a third time when did the same with harlequin ducks in 1977. In 1990, he became the fourth person inducted to the association’s Wild Breeders Hall of Fame.

Pilling was a consultant to the Woodland Park Zoo and bred birds for collectors in North America and Europe.

Diana van der Vlis

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) _ Actress Diana van der Vlis, who acted opposite Walter Pidgeon in the 1950s Broadway hit ``The Happiest Millionaire,″ died Oct. 22 after a brief illness. She was 66.

She was born in Toronto, studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, acted in Canada and in 1956 moved to New York, where she landed the role of Cordelia Biddle in ``The Happiest Millionaire.″

Van der Vlis won the type of reviews that would secure her position as one of Broadway’s most sought-after ingenues. She was nominated for a Tony Award.

In the next few years, van der Vlis played in the Broadway productions of ``Comes a Day,″ ``A Mighty Man Is He,″ ``A Shot in the Dark″ and Gore Vidal’s ``Visit to a Small Planet.″

She appeared in films and television series, including ``The Man From UNCLE″ and ``The Fugitive.″ Her films included ``The Incident″ (1967) and Roger Corman’s ``Man With the X-Ray Eyes″ (1963). Later, she appeared in two soap operas, ``Where the Heart Is″ and ``Ryan’s Hope.″

Herbert Weissenstein

NEW YORK (AP) _ Herbert Weissenstein, a managing consultant who specialized in the field of classical music, died Friday. He was 56.

Weissenstein’s managing theory stressed the importance of the ``magical balance″ art boards needed to achieve, maintaining tough financial standards without encroaching on artistic freedom.

``The art belongs to the artist,″ he said.

Weissenstein began his career in 1970 as public relations director for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He then moved on to the New York Philharmonic. In 1979, he became director of development and strategic planning at Carnegie Hall.

In 1984, he founded H.F. Weissenstein & Co., which specialized in consulting, directing seminars, and publishing articles in the fields of management and development.

His recent clients included the Electronic Media Forum, the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater, the Manhattan Theater Club, the International Organization for the Transition of Professional dancers and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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